Seasonal Reading

This is from Jim, an avid reader as well as skier!  Most of these titles are linked from the left navigation panel.   

"I've finally put some information together for the website's reading list.  The existing list might be pruned a bit or shifted to an "archive" page, but I think Steve Hindman's Cross Country Skiing, and Bruce Tremper's Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain should stay on our primary list because they give such excellent coverage of their topics.  There's a new (2008) edition of Tremper's book that I haven't had a chance to read.

Other recommended titles: 
Tony Daffern's Avalanche Safety for Skiers, Climbers & Snowboarders also gives excellent coverage of avalanche safety.  Laurie Gullion's Nordic Skiing: Steps to Success is a great "do-it-yourself" book on xc ski technique.  It breaks ski maneuvers down into simple steps and suggests a wide range of learning exercises and practice drills.  A technique book that I haven't had a chance to read (but would like to) is Backcountry Skiing: Skills for Ski Touring and Ski Mountaineering by Martin Volken, Scott Schell & Margaret Wheeler.  This is part of the Mountaineer's Expert Series, which also produced Steve Hindman's book.

Finally, in a less practical vein:
The Last Place on Earth: Scott and Amundsen's Race to the South Pole by Roland Huntsford is an excellent comparison of the techniques used by these polar explorers.  Skiing figures prominently in the ultimate success of Amundsen's expedition.  Fatal Passage: the Story of John Rae , the Arctic Hero Time Forgot by Ken McGoogan is a biography of a little know Hudson's Bay Company explorer with an exceptional record of success in charting portions of the Northwest Passage.  Rae was actually a snowshoer rather than a skier, but the book is still good reading.  Finally, another title that's pending on my "Must Read" list:  Two Planks and a Passion: the Dramatic History of Skiing by Roland Huntford.  It should be fun."

Happy reading,  JIm

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